Baseball and Softball to be played at Tokyo Olympics

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Two new sports at the Tokyo Olympics are baseball and softball. 

Both baseball and softball have already been in the Olympics from 1992 to 2008. However, for this event baseball is men only while the softball tournament is women only.

Baseball is extremely popular in Japan and will have 6 countries participating: Japan, America, Israel, Mexico, South Korea, Dominican Republic.

The tournament will start with opening-round pool play before moving into the knockout stage to determine the champion. The Tokyo Olympics will be a one-off for both the sports, as neither one will be contested at the 2024 Olympics.

Softball also has 6 countries competing: The United States, Japan, Australia, Italy, Mexico, and Canada. The opening round will feature each team playing each other in a round-robin format, and then the top two teams will advance directly to the gold medal game.

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